El Monte Flume Trail

This hike has been CANCELED due to RAIN, and will be rescheduled to Dec. 5.

We'll be climbing the Flume Trail from El Monte County Park to Blossom Valley, about 2.2 miles if we go all the way. This is a steep trail with lots of switchbacks, and great views of El Monte Valley. We'll return by the same route.

Since the trail is steep, the pace will be slow, at least on the way up. There is bench near the highest part of the trail, about 1.8 miles out. If we've had enough, we can turn around there instead of going all the way to Blossom Valley.

Meet at 9:30 AM in the free parking area on the north side of El Monte Road near El Monte County Park (Thomas 1213 A6, N[masked] W[masked]).

SUGGESTED ROUTE FROM DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO: Go east on I-8 to exit 23 (Lake Jennings Park Road). Go north on Lake Jennings Park Road about two miles and turn right on El Monte Road. Follow El Monte Road about five miles to the trailhead parking area, which will be on your left. If you reach the entrance to El Monte County Park, you've gone a little too far.


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  • Philip E.

    Weather forecasts call for about a 60% chance of rain on Thursday. If it does rain, the trail will probably be closed until it dries out. I will check again early Thursday morning. If it is raining, or has rained the previous night, the hike will have to be postponed to next week (or perhaps later because of the Thanksgiving holiday).

    November 20, 2013

  • Matti

    What's the estimated maximum, maximum time for this hike?

    November 20, 2013

    • Philip E.

      Maximum time should be about two hours. Minimum time depends on how far we go; it could be as little as one hour. IF IT RAINS, we won't hike at all.

      November 20, 2013

  • Abraham

    Bah, was looking forward to this but have been called in to work. Hope to make it to the next hike.

    November 19, 2013

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